Broad Bahn Best In Hambletonian
Aug 6

Broad Bahn got to the lead, got a breather to the half, and got the trophy in the $1.5 million Hambletonian final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday afternoon at Meadowlands Racetrack. Broad Bahn's final time was 1:53 flat.

George Brennan and Broad Bahn (1) hold off all challengers, including Opening Night (7, John Campbell), Chapter Seven (4, Mike Lachance) and Pastor Stephen (10, Ron Pierce). The second place finisher Whiskey Tax (Randy Waples) is not shown in photo. (Lisa Photo)

Driver George Brennan, who wound up winning both the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks, fired Broad Bahn through from the pole position to get the lead, and he was the unchallenged leader at the :27.1 opening quarter.

With the back-half of the field waiting for race favourite Manofmanymissions (Andy Miller) to come first-over out of fourth up the backstretch, Brennan was able to steal a breather for Broad Bahn, reaching the half in just 56 seconds.

Manofmanymissions did make the first-over move on the far turn, but Broad Bahn answered the challenge by going a :27.4 third quarter to reach three-quarters in 1:23.4.

Through the stretch Broad Bahn maintained his lead, and then when Manofmanymissions made a break in stride late in the going Broad Bahn had no challengers left. He would cruise to the victory by about three lengths over longshot Whiskey Tax (Randy Waples), who followed the entire way from the pocket. Opening Night gave John Campbell a third-place finish and Chapter Seven (Mike Lachance) finished in fourth.

"I slapped him up on the butt a little bit to trot on out of there and he was really relaxed today," Brennan explained about his trip. "I was able to get him down to the half in :56, and I just happened to say to him 'I did my job now it's all up to you.' He was really, really good today. When Noel came off the track warming him up I said, 'How are we?,' and he said 'awesome,' and he couldn't have been more right because he was awesome today."

Noel Daley trains Broad Bahn, a Broadway Hall colt, for owner Fam Alber Horse Racing LLC. Broad Bahn has won half of his eight efforts this year and he has eight career victories. He has earned $931,101 in 2011 and $1,159,137 lifetime.

Broad Bahn, who is out of the Donerail mare Madonarail, was bred by Fair Winds Farm Inc. of Cream Ridge, New Jersey, and sold for just $20,000 at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale.

"He was super today. Everything worked out well for us," winning trainer Noel Daley offered. "The front-end wasn't holding up but we didn't have to go suicidal with the pace. It worked out perfectly for him. We got the dream trip; it's what we wanted. Things worked out, 1:53, it was great.

"It's (the crop of three-year-old trotters) still wide-open, but my colt does everything right. He's got gate speed, and that helps. He puts himself in the right position. He doesn't have to be lucky. When you can do it on the front-end that's a big help. For a big race I was really confident. We've had a dream run in: no issues, no health issues, no soundness issues, everything's worked out perfectly for us."

Hambletonian president Tom Charters with winning owner Leif Alber, Ole Bach and Jeff Gural after Broad Bahnís Hambletonian win. (Lisa Photo)

"It's a life-altering experience for his family and for myself," Ole Bach, who represents winning owner Leif Alber added. "We picked this yearling out in Harrisburg for $20,000 and here he is winning a $1.5 million race.

"The Hambletonian people couldn't have picked it any better on the buttons they gave us. He's a big locomotive, and he kept the steam going."


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